Mary Katherine Coady
Team Builder, Fundraiser, Community Mobilizer.
Mary Katherine first became involved with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure in 1998, two years after losing her mother to breast cancer. Her unwavering support for the cause has led to a long record of volunteerism with the Foundation, culminating in five years of dedicated work as the Co-Run Director for the Sudbury event. She has built connections with community partners, sponsors and the media, allowing the event to continue to grow. The expanded reach and success of the annual event owes much to Mary Katherine’s efforts. The Run for the Cure is one of the most successful community events in Sudbury, with an average annual participation of 1 out of every 100 Sudburians, raising roughly $2 for every resident of our community. This event and others year-round have helped to raise funds for research and support for those living with breast cancer and their loved ones.
Mary Katherine has been heavily involved in the organizing of year-round fundraising events such as Think Pink Week, Paint Canada Pink and the Pink Bus Tour. She has also spearheaded initiatives to develop new fundraising streams. In 2011, she worked tirelessly to mobilize votes for Olympic hockey player Tessa Bonhomme in the Battle of the Blades competition, resulting in a $100,000 donation to Sudbury Run for the Cure, and ultimately, to the Foundation. Just last year she led the planning and organization of the Stand Up For The Girls comedy night, which raised over $12,000 in its first year.
Mary Katherine has encouraged those around her to join the committee and to take on additional responsibilities, building a strong and effective team and nurturing leadership capacity in those around her. She has done all this in addition to her full-time work as Supervisor of Nephrology Outpatient Programs and satellites at Health Sciences North, demonstrating an outstanding level of commitment and energy.
As she moves on to focus on increased responsibilities in her work at Health Sciences North, we are proud to recognize Mary Katherine as a Woman of Distinction in our community.
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